Planning for our public pools
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Planning for our public pools
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Council is keen to hear what you want from your pools. 5/04/2013 - 7/05/2013

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We want to know how our pools are currently meeting your needs and how they should look in the future.

As part of a key action from the Wollongong 2022: Community Strategic Plan, Council has engaged consultants, Strategic Leisure Group, to develop a plan for our nine public swimming pools located at Helensburgh, Thirroul, Corrimal, Wollongong (Continental and Beaton Park), Unanderra, Berkeley, Dapto and Port Kembla.

This project will provide us with a plan to ensure our future provision of pools, and the services offered within those facilities, continues to meet the demands for recreational swimmers and future aquatic recreational needs. Once the draft Plan is prepared, it will be publicly exhibited for further input – we expect the draft Plan to be available in early August.

This project is about celebrating what we currently have and looking at opportunities to ensure our pool facilities and services are relevant to encourage more people to use our pools.

To give us your feedback:

Submissions will be accepted until 7 May 2013.

About the project

The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Assess Council’s current public swimming pools against industry standards and aquatic provision trends.
  • Identify opportunities for each facility that will enhance utilisation.
  • Review operational and maintenance expenditure at Council’s public swimming pools to inform recommendations.
  • Make recommendations on future facility infrastructure and service provision opportunities, ensuring that recommendations enhance facility utilisation without increasing the level of Council’s subsidy (i.e. maximise the value attributed to the cost of provision).

The scope of the project includes:

  • Nine council owned and operated public swimming pools
  • Associated assets, including associated amenities (consideration to only the pool facility at the Beaton Park Leisure Centre)
    Services provided at each facility
  • All current leases and licenses associated with these aquatic facilities.

The project will consider the current availability of eight maintained rock pools, 17 patrolled beaches and external swimming pool providers (e.g. University of Wollongong) in broad terms only.

In accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, your submission including any personal information such as your name and address, will be made available for public inspection and may be exhibited on Council’s website. You may request, in the form of a statutory declaration, that Council suppress the personal information in your submission from public inspection, if you consider that the personal safety of any person would be affected if the information was not suppressed. Any such request will be dealt with in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

You may also make an anonymous submission however if you choose to do so Council will be unable to contact you any further as to the outcome of your submission. It should also be noted that the lack of information as to your place of living may affect Council's consideration of the potential impact of the subject proposal.

Note: If Council receives a submission from any person who is legally required to provide a disclosure of any reportable political donation and / or gift under section 147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Council is legally required to publicly disclose all relevant details of the reportable political donation or gift onto Council's website. This will include the name and residential address of the person who provided the political donation or gift onto Council's website for full viewing by the general public.

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